Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western View -

I ad­mit it. I like elec­tions, where peo­ple – sur­rounded by sausage siz­zles and cake stalls – show their civic-mind­ed­ness by gath­er­ing to­gether to elect their gov­ern­ment. I know many peo­ple aren’t in­ter­ested. Par­ties have trou­ble get­ting peo­ple’s at­ten­tion. Fewer vot­ers, es­pe­cially the young, now read news­pa­pers or watch TV. Their so­cial me­dia tend to be echo cham­bers, rarely en­coun­ter­ing ri­val views. WA’S election is un­likely to fea­ture on their news feeds.

But the is­sues – trans­port, health, schools, the en­vi­ron­ment, jobs, taxes – mat­ter.

So what should vot­ers con­sider? Think of four ‘P’s:

The Past: Has the Gov­ern­ment done a good job?

The Poli­cies: Does the party have a plan and vi­sion for the fu­ture?

The Per­son: Is the can­di­date knowl­edge­able? Do they have in­tegrity?

The Party: Are they united? Do they have depth, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise?

State elec­tions only oc­cur ev­ery four years.

It’s not too much to ask that we take our vote se­ri­ously. Pro­fes­sor John Phillimore John Curtin In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Pol­icy

ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor

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